The Value of Waste

2020 summer school cancelled! See you in 2021!?!

Thank you for your interest in this year's international Solution Design summer school. We were hoping and waiting for better news regarding travel conditions or rules or at least more united regulations on travel and stay till the last moment. Unfurtunately, it is now clear that we are not able to provide conditions for a productive and valuable summer school due to the limiations we are facing. Therefore, we regret to inform you that this year's summer school is cancelled.

We cannot assure the contents of the programme, neither can we provide reliable information on travel conditions and rules on quarantine or other regulations based on COVID-19. Thus, we wish you all the best and hope to see you on Solution Design summer school in 2021.

Are you ready to face a real life problem in an international team of students of different professions and with experienced professors and experts? If YES, don't hesitate to register for the 2020 Solution Design Summer school! If you do hesitate, take a closer look at the programme and at students impressions of previous summer schools.

These are just a few photo impressions of the previous summer schools. You will find the complete photo albums here.

The 2020 program is still under preparation, but most of it stands. It will include lectures and seminars, excursions, teamwork and cultural events. And more...

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Solution Design Summer School

June 21 - July 4, 2020 @ University of Maribor, Slovenia

The target group of this summer school are prospective, curious students of all higher education levels and study fields, including engineering, natural sciences, economy, humanistics, fine arts... the more diversity, the better! Apply here!

Although you are acquiring quality knowledge from your field of study, in most cases you are not prepared to use it in facing complex problems of today. One of the reasons is that complex problems don't fit the patterns you've learned. Another is that complex problems most often require knowledge from various disciplines. Therefore non-linear, systemic, and interdisciplinary approach is required, which represents the basis of the Solution Design methodology.

Solution design is a methodology, which evolved from the many experiences of professors at various universities, and has been carefully structured by the University of Maribor. It is based on the concepts of »learning by doing«, »project based learning«, »problem based learning«, »design thinking« and other similar or relevant approaches.

The problem topic of the summer school is focused on the value of waste, whereby waste includes anything from garbage to thoughts... and beyond! We suggest to take a look at impressions shared by students of previous years.

The main learning outcomes will be the capability of the following principles of Solution Design, taught and experienced on the chosen problem:

  • systemic approach and holistic design thinking
  • interdisciplinary problem identification, formulation and analysis
  • interdisciplinary solution design, which includes technical, ecological, biological, economic, sociological, artistic and other perspectives
  • problem and solution modelling, prototyping, testing and presenting, using most effective techniques for a given situation
  • extensive teamwork, challenging tutoring and inter-team discussions.